About the programme

The Teacher Apprenticeships Programme (TAP) makes it easy for schools use their apprenticeship levy to attract, recruit and train the best graduates as home-grown teachers.

It provides a fee-free, salaried route for graduates to enter the Teaching profession and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) within 1 year.

Graduates of the Teacher Apprenticeships Programme benefit from one-to-one support to find a school looking to employ a Teaching Apprentice.


The 1-year teacher apprenticeships programme sees schools employ Teaching Apprentices and utilise apprenticeship funding for initial teacher training (ITT). After 9 months the graduate will achieve QTS and then complete their End-Point Assessment to pass the apprenticeship.
The Teacher Apprenticeships programme provides a comprehensive 360-degree solution taking care of both the recruitment and training arrangements for schools.


Responding to year on year reductions in the number of UCAS applicants to Initial Teacher Training AND increased numbers of qualified teachers leaving the profession, the Teacher Apprenticeships route empowers schools to proactively attract, recruit and train graduates as trainee teachers. We believe this is the way forward for our partner schools to retain higher numbers of teachers for future generations.
The Teacher Apprenticeships programme includes a professional graduate recruitment service for schools. On joining the programme schools are required to specify their graduate vacancies to get started.

Programme funding

The training is funded via one of two areas:

Employers that pay into the apprenticeship levy will be able to use up to £9,000 of funding from their apprenticeship service account to cover the cost of training and assessing the apprentice.
Employers that do not pay the levy or who have insufficient funds in their digital account can access funding to support the training and assessment of an apprentice. The government will pay 90% of the costs of training and assessment for the apprenticeship (up to the £9,000 apprenticeship funding band maximum).

The salary cost may be funded as follows:

The Government will provide grant funding to lead schools in School Direct partnerships employing postgraduate apprenticeship trainees. This grant funding is in addition to funding available from the Education and Skills Funding Agency and will be payable at the following rates:

Subjects National Inner London Outer London Fringe
Chemistry, classics, computing, secondary mathematics, modern foreign languages, physics £12,500 £17,400 £16,100 £13,700
Primary mathematics, biology, design and technology, English, geography, history, music, religious education £7,500 £11,100 £10,100 £8,400
Primary £2,500 £4,900 £4,300 £3,100

Please note that Teacher Apprenticeships must be paid in accordance with at least point one on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale for the period of their training.

Why join the Teaching Apprenticeship programme?

We provide a 360 service, sourcing, attracting and recruiting top graduates in response to the needs of our partner schools.
We work with an exclusive ITT provider to enable our partner schools to interview, appoint and train apprentice teachers, resulting in quality homegrown teacher talent and maximizing staff retention.
We advise our partner schools on best practice utilising apprenticeship levies to maximize budget savings.

Salary & fees

Teaching Apprentices are paid in line with at least point one on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale.

England Wales
(excluding London and fringes)
Inner London Outer London London fringe
MAX £26,295 £30,573 £29,422 £27,384
MIN £16,626 £20,909 £19,749 £17,718


You will be employed by the school for a minimum of 12 months during your Initial Teacher Training (ITT). After 9 months you will achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and then complete a final assessment, known as an End-Point Assessment, to pass the apprenticeship. Your training will be delivered by a DfE approved ITT provider.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have:

The equivalent to a grade 4 in GCSE English and mathematics. If you intend to teach primary aged pupils, you will also need a grade 4 GCSE in a science subject.
A degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
Successfully completed the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy

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